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Supreme Court Weighs the Constitutionality of Lethal Injection — At oral arguments Thursday, the Supreme Court debated whether some means of taking a life are too cruel for the state to employ. Is it constitutional to execute people by burning them at the stake? What if they are anesthetized first? The Supreme Court mulled this macabre question during oral arguments Wednesday in the case Glossip v.

Ta-Nehisi Coates at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore — where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. His 2014 essay, Ta-Nehisi Coates is a native of Baltimore and a national correspondent at The Atlantic The Case for Reparations, on the history of race and inequality in America, received the George Polk Award for Commentary.

Harry Reid Retires From the Senate — Nobody ever thought Harry Reid would retire, and that includes Harry Reid. Not long ago, when a reporter for CQ Roll Call asked him what might happen when he left office, Reid retorted, "If I drop dead?" He added, "I mean, I will someday. It's just a question of if I do it while I'm here."

Koch Brothers and Criminal Justice Reform — Here is the thing the Koch brothers wish their critics understood: they just want to help people. "Everything we do is designed to help people improve their lives, whether you're talking about our business or our philanthropy," Mark Holden, the senior vice president and general counsel for Koch Industries, told me recently from his office in Wichita, where the multibillion-dollar international manufacturing conglomerate that Charles and David Koch inherited from their father is headquartered.

The Bluest Republican — "Mark Wahlberg is asking me for a pardon?," Charlie Baker said as he folded his lengthy frame into the backseat of a black SUV one evening in December. Until his election as governor of Massachusetts the month before, the only elected office achieved by Baker, a Republican, had been selectman of Swampscott (population 13,800), a position he held for a single term.

The Republican Congress Meets Reality — Republicans promised to do a couple of things right away if given control of Congress. One was to pass a bill to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Another was to open up the Senate processes that they charged the Democrats had bottlenecked during their time in the majority.

The Zombie Immigration Fight — With the debate over immigration in America locked in a stalemate, it would seem neither side has much to fight for. And yet both sides are fighting furiously-in Congress, in the courts, and in the political arena.

Is the Most Powerful Conservative in America Losing His Edge? — Erick Erickson-the editor in chief of, a right-wing pundit whom Democrats loathe and Republicans fear, a man known for his intemperate remarks, and arguably the most powerful conservative in America today-eats his chicken wings with a fork and knife.

The End of the Obama Era — As you may have heard, 2014 was a good year for Republicans. They won a lot of elections! They won big elections and small elections, elections in red states and elections in blue states, elections everyone knew they would win and elections virtually no one expected them to win.

The Last Southern Democrat — HAMMOND, La.-Mary Landrieu is dead, and everyone knows it but Mary Landrieu. The senior senator from Louisiana, a diminutive blond woman with a round, youthful face, is standing under a green canopy in the middle of an airfield. The canopy reads, "City of Hammond, Too Lovely to Litter."
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